Know Your Ingredients - All About Bergamot
Soothing, refreshing, citrusy Bergamot Oil - a mainstay in skin and hair care products - is native to Southeast Asia and is extracted from the rinds of the fruit that grows on the Bergamot Orange trees. Bergamot has a beautifully uplifting, citrusy scent that makes it a prized aromatherapy treatment: it is proven to have an energizing effect on the mind, body and soul, all the while helping support the central nervous system, soothe anxiety and alleviate overthinking. It is also supremely effective in clearing up congestion in the respiratory system, opening up the chest and increasing circulation when applied topically onto a sore, dry throat.
FOR THE SKIN
Bergamot is a natural astringent and also has powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a top choice for balancing and regulating sebum production, reducing active acne and healing acne scars. Even better, it does all this without disrupting your skin’s natural barrier so you won’t be left with skin that feels stripped and dry.
Bergamot also has powerful skin-renewing properties, redistributing skin pigments so that you get a beautifully even, toned complexion. A pro tip if you’re looking for a sanitizer that does the trick without drying your hands: switch to pure Bergamot Oil mixed in with a carrier oil or one that has Bergamot Oil as one of the main ingredients; it’s deeply nourishing on the skin but just as effective at zapping away bacteria and freshening up your digits with its signature citrusy scent.
FOR THE HAIR
For hair that is healthy, bouncy and gleaming with strength and overall verve, Bergamot Oil makes for an incredibly stimulating add-on: it adds an enviable shine to your locks while reducing dryness, breakage and frizz. It is also beautifully effective for building the health of your scalp: when used over time, it stimulates the scalp, promotes skin cell renewal and opens up the follicles on the scalp, making way for hair that is thick and healthy from the root to tip.
Bergamot Oil is also flooded with antioxidant-rich Vitamin C that works to protect your skin against oxidative stress and stimulates the production of collagen (an important component of your hair structure) in your mane and scalp.
Since Bergamot Oil can be irritating when used on the skin or scalp by itself, it is crucial to use it along with a carrier oil like Coconut Oil or with a balancing and nourishing ingredient like Shea Butter to get the most out of it.